> -----Original Message-----
> From: Linus Torvalds [SMTP:email@example.com]
> Sent: Thursday, June 03, 1999 11:31 AM
> To: Michael H. Warfield
> Cc: David Hinds; firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: 2.3 wish: integrate pcmcia into mainstream kernel
> On Wed, 2 Jun 1999, Michael H. Warfield wrote:
> > > WHAT install disk?
> > The install disk that is the floppy image that makes the CD-Rom
> > bootable?
> > El Torrito spec... You have a bootable disk image. It's
> > generally a floppy image although I understand it CAN be a larger
> > hard drive image (haven't seen one in practice).
> Right. It _can_.
> It's not a question of "possible" vs "impossible". It's a question of
> "practical" vs "impractical" and a question of verification.
> The verification part comes in through the fact that the way things are
> set up right now, nobody _ever_ uses the PCMCIA package the same way
> during installation as they use it in everyday use. Basically, right now
> the everyday use gets tested every day, and the installation use gets
> tested once in a blue moon, if even that.
> Anybody surprised that there are problems at install time? Not me.
> In contrast, the regular built-in device drivers almost never have any
> trouble at installation time, because they have been extremely heavily
> tested every single bootup to make sure that they always find the device
> reliably. They are known to not need any special parameters in 99% of all
> If you look at the PCMCIA stuff, because of how it is set up, special
> parameters are _accepted_ and considered to be perfectly fine. And that
> means that they tend to flourish, rather than be frowned upon. All of
> which means that installation is painful - once it is all installed it
> works beautifully.
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